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A Time for Yoga Philosophy

by BarrieA Sunbeam over the Sea by Henry MooreRecently, I was listening to a floor on National Public Radio about a group of community organizers in Vermont who were putting new organisations into lieu to coordinate their efforts for making snacks to homebound elderlies. One organizer said something like, “This isn’t the time for “ve been thinking about” things, it’s a season for taken any steps; there’s no time for philosophy, things have to get done.”“No time for philosophy.” That utterance remained with me. I suppose many of us might have felt that way during the pandemic. When it comes to organizing food deliveries, I get it. But for the yoga practitioner, I’m not so sure.I understand how, in some ways, yoga thinking might not seem very useful or relevant right now. At a day when so many of us are dealing with very practical and serious challenges like having fairly money to buy food or a safe situate to live, we might feel like there’s no residence in our current reality for the teachings of yoga. It might feel like it’s a privilege even to have the comfort of duration and mental space for “ve been thinking about” things like ideology. Spirituality itself might feel like an extravagance as we deal with the collective uncertainty of this time.I also get how it’s easy at a time like this, even for those of us who aren’t facing challenges to our very survival, to get so caught up in managing our daytime to daytime actuality that we forget the some of the basic, underlying appraises that might help us better navigate our channel through this time, the most attitudes that might truly patronize us and bring us the signify and solace the work requires right now.But honestly the thing that has brought me the most solace these days, that has brought me inner stability at this time of such enormous collective mistrust, and that I’ve been able to hold onto even amidst times of deep questioning and all the ups and downs of my emotions, is the wisdom doctrines of yoga. This “philosophy” has unfailingly come to my subsistence each time. As the Bhagavad Gita schools: Now, there is no wasted effort , nor is there any negative reaction. Even a little knowledge of this truth protects one from immense suspicion. — 2.40, rendition by Bill MahonyOf course, practical action is needed for sure, but let’s not forget the power of the training courses and the imagination of the practices we do. Let’s not forget that the movement, awareness, and accumulation rehearsals we do all share beginnings in a very particular perspective and dream. And this dream has the potential to–indeed, is designed to–bring us concentration, hope, and resilience. Yes, even amidst instants of nervousnes, feeling, and disarray we can use the wisdom beliefs of our tradition. It’s not absurd. It’s a essential. For me, it’s been absolutely essential to maintain some sort of view. Time spent in contemplative study allows me to find flickers of hope and meaning. It cures me face difficult feelings and a sown mental landscape with acceptance, spaciousness, and breath, and in my better times with sorrow and love.If you would like to learn more about how the yoga philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in particular can help you maintain view during these challenging ages, I’ll be co-teaching a special 3-week direction on the Gita with Prof. Bill Mahony starting February 1: The Triumphant Heart: Tasks from the Bhagavad Gita on Yogic Living in Challenging Times. I hope some of you will join me there.Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email deg Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook deg To line-up Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your regional bookstore.

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